Nowell urges Chiefs to move on from loss

Date published: December 15 2016

Exeter Chiefs winger Jack Nowell says his side can’t dwell on their loss Exeter to Bordeaux Begles last weekend.

The Chiefs saw their European aspirations suffer more disappointment as they slipped to a third successive defeat in Pool 5, going down 13-7 at Sandy Park to the visiting Frenchmen.

This Saturday the two sides will lock horns in the latest round of action, this time at the Stade Chaban and Nowell insists the Premiership club will be looking to bounce back at the first attempt.

“Of course we’re disappointed to lose at home,” Nowell told the Premiership Rugby website.

“Our first half performance was very good, we had lots of territory and lots of possession, but we didn’t make it count.

“We’ve worked a lot this year and last on trying to take as many points as possible every time you get into the opposition 22, but on this occasion we came up just short. In the second half we probably tried to force it a bit and that’s where Bordeaux stung us.

“That said, there is no point in us dwelling on this result. We another chance this weekend to go down there and put in a big performance. It’s not that often you get the chance to play teams back-to-back, so we have to take the positives from this game and then focus fully on the game over there.”

Saturday’s loss ended a four-game winning run for the Chiefs, who following Saturday’s trip across the English Channel will then be gearing up for a busy Premiership block that will see them entertain Leicester Tigers on Christmas Eve, travel to Bath on New Year’s Eve, before 2017 starts with a testing trip to reigning English and European champions Saracens on January 7.

“We’re aware we’ve got a big Premiership block coming up, so it’s all about us trying to build some momentum for those games. Each week we know we’re going to be playing against some of the best teams in the world, so we never take anything for granted when pulling on an Exeter shirt.

“As I said, we’ve got a big European game this weekend in Bordeaux to focus on and then we will turn our attentions back to the league and the games that lie ahead.”